The Pentagon Announced It Is Awarding A Cloud Computing Network Contract To Google, Oracle, Amazon And Microsoft,
The wide-ranging contract will have a total value of $9 billion over multiple stages, up to an estimated completion date of June 2028.
Four companies will participate in the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC) – set up to share unclassified, secret and top secret data with military personnel around the world – in a move that sees a twist in the Trump administration’s proposal to put the project under the responsibility of a single company.
Pentagon cloud contract
Initially awarded to Microsoft in 2019, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) was later challenged by Amazon and Oracle, which form part of the revised announcement.
According to the Pentagon, this was later canceled due to delays, which meant the contract no longer met the needs of the Department of Defense.
At this point, bids were opened to all four winning companies to level the playing field, however the General Services Administration at that point indicated that only Amazon and Microsoft were able to meet the Pentagon’s requirements.
Fast-forward to December 2022, and Google, Oracle, Amazon, and Microsoft have been awarded arguably one of the most prestigious deals you can get. As with job references, having the support of the U.S. Department of Defense says a thousand words for each of the four companies whose sensitive and confidential data is at stake.
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